Blog : March 2013

Gun Violence Prevention in New Hampshire topic of Portsmouth Forum

By webmeadow | Mar 29, 2013 | in

Portsmouth - On Wednesday, April 10, at 7:00 pm the Portsmouth Democratic Committee will host a forum entitled “Gun Violence Prevention in New Hampshire.” The event will focus on ways to promote gun safety in the Granite State, including legislation in the state legislature and Congress.

The event will be held at the Portsmouth Public Library, 175 Parrott Avenue, in the Levenson Community Room. Admission is free and the event is open to the public.

Speaking at the forum will be Cathie Whittenburg, Regional Coordinator, States United to Prevent Gun Violence; Renny Cushing, State Representative from Hampton; Burt Cohen, former State Senator from New Castle; and Lisa Bellanti, Attorney from Portsmouth. Judy Stadtman of Portsmouth will be the moderator. There will be opportunity for audience questions.

“Following the tragic events in Newtown, Connecticut, this issue has acquired real urgency” said Larry Drake, Chairperson of the Portsmouth Democratic Committee. “I encourage anyone concerned about preventing gun violence to attend.”

For more information, please contact Larry Drake at larrydrake57@gmail.com

Spring Cleaning and Spring Greening April Specials!

By webmeadow | Mar 29, 2013 | in

With the sunny days of spring right around the corner, Green Alliance Business Partners want to give you deals that are just as bright! That’s why for the whole month of April the GA is offering its members, both Green Card holders and Green Families Club members, exclusive, stepped-up discounts from April 1st thru April 30th.

As we all know, with this great new weather comes not-so-great spring-cleaning. But for Green Card holders, the process will be a lot easier, cheaper, and greener!

GA Business Partner, AutoBeGreen, has a great green oil change deal! Just go to Kerner's Quick Lube in Exeter, NH, Dow’s Automotive Service in Portsmouth, NH, or Keegan Auto in North Hampton, NH anytime in April with your Green Card and you’ll get $5 off an oil change when you choose the green motor oil option! Additionally, if you send your receipt from the oil change along with a coupon available from AutoBeGreen’s website or from the mechanic location, you can get up to $10 back in the mail!
Note to Members: If you have a late model vehicle choose the Green Synthetic Motor Oil, and earlier model vehicles should ask for Green Conventional Motor Oil.

Need your house cleaned, but don’t have the time or the means? Green Maids has a great deal for new customers! Become a Green Maids customer and receive 25% off your first cleaning when you use your Green Card in the month of April!

Also if you’ve been thinking of going green in a big way and delving into the hybrid world, now is a great time to do so! Seacoast Volkswagen is giving all Green Alliance cardholders a $1,000 discount under invoice on all TDI and Hybrid vehicles purchased in April!

So after you’ve accessed these 3 amazing and stepped-up GA discounts in honor of April Spring Cleaning/Spring Greening, make sure you do your part to help clean up our Seacoast beaches. Join 3 Green Alliance Business Partners in an Earth Day beach clean up! Visions Kitchens and Design, Green Maids, and Green Realtor, Hillary Gaynor, are teaming up to clean up! Blue Ocean Society, and the Seacoast Science Center are also helping with this awesome and green way of celebrating Earth Day. It will be held on Saturday, April 20th at 10am at the Seacoast Science Center.

Two days after the inspirational beach clean up is officially Earth Day! And on this day, Green Card holders receive double the percent they would normally get off at The Riverworks restaurant! That’s 20%! So stop in and get a delicious meal with family and friends to ring in a great day!

Learn more about these amazing April specials for Green Alliance members and Green Families Club members by checking out AutoBeGreen, Seacoast Volkswagen, Green Maids, and The Riverworks! Not a member? Join now to get these great green discounts! Click here to check out the GA events calendar posting for more info on the Earth Day Beach Clean up.

Green Citizens Learning Series: Recap

By webmeadow | Mar 29, 2013 | in

The Green Citizens Learning Series is an opportunity for the community to learn from and engage with green business leaders and sustainability experts. The series is comprised of different seminars to cover a diverse spread of environmental subjects, initiatives, and expertise. The GCLS offers a collaboration of topics on home, land and pest control strategies from leading local experts. Tom Pray, owner of EcoTech Pest Control will discussed effective and safe pest management for New England homeowners. The forum will continue with The Green Cocoon’s presentation on Spray Foam Insulation to eliminate pest and moisture problems. The presentations concluded with some expertise on green landscaping techniques and sustainable storm mitigation from Cornerstone Tree Care and Suntree Tree Healthcare.

For all of you who missed the amazing time last night at the second installment in the Green Citizens Learning Series, here is a recap of one of the presenters last night, Candace Lord from Green Cocoon.

The Green Cocoon is a Massachusetts company based in Salisbury, MA that installs eco-friendly and sustainable soybean-based spray foam products and other insulation types in residential, commercial, industrial, and institutional buildings throughout eastern New England. We work in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Maine.

We serve architects, builders, and building owners. Whether you seek to contract us for 1 or 100 jobs, the Green Cocoon staff is all about service: we seek to understand your needs and limits, and apply the best product for the job at hand; this we do with patience and consideration of your time. We value your respect and depend on you for future references.

There are two important factors that make spray foam insulation a good option for pest control:

1)Spray Foam Insulation is an inert substance and provides no food value for rodents and insects.

2)Closed cell spray foam is very rigid and difficult to burrow through. Most pests, particularly rodents, will not bother making the effort to chew through the insulation.

Just remember, those guys are small. Tiny holes, gaps and cracks around window and door frames, basement foundations, electrical outlets, plumbing lines and under siding are all they need to get in your house. A great way to prevent pest and insect infestation is Spray Foam. It completely seals the building envelope, closing off any potential entryways for insects and rodents.

Most insects prefer organic materials to make there home, like wood – especially damaging insects like termites and ants. Spray foam is a plastic, and bugs don’t like it. It is not a food source, nor does it offer substantive shelter. It does not in any way attract insects, mold, or bacteria.

For more information about Green Cocoon, Click Here!

Green Earth Baby Works is growing!

By webmeadow | Mar 29, 2013 | in

Just 9 months ago, Kim Leo took her online eco-friendly baby boutique and entered it into the real world with her first retail space.

Green Earth Baby Works is a cloth diaper retailer located in Epping, NH--the only cloth diaper service in New Hampshire and it services the state’s Seacoast and greater Manchester regions.

Kim understands the immense amount of waste produced from the time a child is born to when it is potty-trained. In fact, the average child will go through between 6,000 and 8,000 diapers in their first three years. That adds up to a construction dumpster’s worth of toxic plastic and human waste, all of it doomed to between 250 and 500 years in the landfill.

With her baby boutique, Kim hopes to promote the use of cloth diapers and to show new parents that the stigmas associated with their use are far from the truth. In order to prove this, Kim wants to make the use of cloth diapers as simple as possible, so she also offers a number of different monthly service plans

Green Earth Baby Works hasn't even hit its one year mark since the opening of its retail store, yet Kim is experiencing large growth and an increase of customers. She attributes this sudden growth with an apparent "baby boom."

As if cloth diapers weren't already necessary due to their eco-friendliness, now with this new accumulation of babies, families should definitely be aware that there is this other option.

Kim says that she carries 100% cotton cloth diapers, but also carries synthetic types which are made out of micro suede and micro fiber. Although the latter is not as natural, Kim reiterates that they are still just as reusable, which makes them environmentally friendly.

On top of servicing babies, the Green Earth Baby Boutique also sells products for the family as a whole: "We have natural diaper cream, cloth friendly diaper detergents, waterproof diaper pail liners, reusable lunch containers and snack bags, and natural sunscreen and bug spray.”

Not only are these products eco-friendly and green, but they are also cost effective. Kim points out that parents save anywhere from $600 to $1,200 by switching to cloth diapers. She also notes that with the use of cloth diapers, the potty training process usually begins 6-12 months sooner. 

She encourages anyone to stop by her store and says, "It's a fun and local little boutique for all types of families!"

Green Earth Baby Works is a business partner of the Green Alliance. To check out their page, click here!

Green Collar Careers: Portsmouth Brewery Brewmaster Tyler Jones

By webmeadow | Mar 29, 2013 | in

When Portsmouth Brewery Head Brewer Tyler Jones, who just turned 31 last month, describes the restaurant and brewpub’s “do-it-yourself” ethos, he’s not just describing the food on the plate or the beer in the mug. He’s talking about the whole Brewery operation, where making everything from scratch means not only sourcing the best ingredients or never cutting culinary corners, but doing it all more sustainably, as well.

After serving for years as an assistant under brewing maestro Tod Mott, Jones took over the helm in July 2012 intending to continue with the Brewery’s lauded tradition of uniquely honed libations.

It’s a journey many years in the making. After studying chemical engineering at UNH, Jones spent a stint working for a Portsmouth manufacturer before earning his Master Brewer’s Certificate from the University of California, Davis in 2006. Intent on turning his love of home-brewing into a career, Jones – a 15th generation New Hampshire native – returned to the Seacoast in 2006, and began working for the Brewery soon after.

Today, Jones oversees an operation that has become one of the most respected of its kind. And it goes well beyond the Brewery’s iconic, glass-encased brew house. From the increasingly local menu to a growing number of efficiency measures, from charitable initiatives to tireless composting and recycling, the Brewery has become a beacon of sustainability on the Seacoast.

Spring Cleaning and Spring Greening April Specials!

By webmeadow | Mar 20, 2013 | in

With the sunny days of spring right around the corner, Green Alliance Business Partners want to give you deals that are just as bright! That’s why for the whole month of April the GA is offering its members, both Green Card holders and Green Families Club members, exclusive, stepped-up discounts from April 1st thru April 30th.

As we all know, with this great new weather comes not-so-great spring-cleaning. But for Green Card holders, the process will be a lot easier, cheaper, and greener!

GA Business Partner, AutoBeGreen, has a great green oil change deal! Just go to Kerner's Quick Lube in Exeter, NH, Dow’s Automotive Service in Portsmouth, NH, or Keegan Auto in North Hampton, NH anytime in April with your Green Card and you’ll get $5 off an oil change when you choose the green motor oil option! Additionally, if you send your receipt from the oil change along with a coupon available from AutoBeGreen’s website or from the mechanic location, you can get up to $10 back in the mail!
Note to Members: If you have a late model vehicle choose the Green Synthetic Motor Oil, and earlier model vehicles should ask for Green Conventional Motor Oil.

Need your house cleaned, but don’t have the time or the means? Green Maids has a great deal for new customers! Become a Green Maids customer and receive 25% off your first cleaning when you use your Green Card in the month of April!

Also if you’ve been thinking of going green in a big way and delving into the hybrid world, now is a great time to do so! Seacoast Volkswagen is giving all Green Alliance cardholders a $1,000 discount under invoice on all TDI and Hybrid vehicles purchased in April!

So after you’ve accessed these 3 amazing and stepped-up GA discounts in honor of April Spring Cleaning/Spring Greening, make sure you do your part to help clean up our Seacoast beaches. Join 3 Green Alliance Business Partners in an Earth Day beach clean up! Visions Kitchens and Design, Green Maids, and Green Realtor, Hillary Gaynor, are teaming up to clean up! Blue Ocean Society, and the Seacoast Science Center are also helping with this awesome and green way of celebrating Earth Day. It will be held on Saturday, April 20th at 10am at the Seacoast Science Center.

Two days after the inspirational beach clean up is officially Earth Day! And on this day, Green Card holders receive double the percent they would normally get off at The Riverworks restaurant! That’s 20%! So stop in and get a delicious meal with family and friends to ring in a great day!

Learn more about these amazing April specials for Green Alliance members and Green Families Club members by checking out AutoBeGreen, Seacoast VolkswagenGreen Maids, and The Riverworks! Not a member? Join now to get these great green discounts! Click here to check out the GA events calendar posting for more info on the Earth Day Beach Clean up.